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Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that corrects teeth alignment without using metal wires and brackets. It gives patients a different option than traditional braces.
This procedure involves a series of removable, clear plastic aligners that are worn to move your teeth into correct position. Each aligner or tray is used for several weeks before moving on to the next.
It’s the preferred orthodontic treatment for many due to the aesthetic advantage of Invisalign® and the reported patient satisfaction of their end results.
Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners are almost invisible.
You can remove it when eating or cleaning your teeth. You can brush and floss as usual and don’t have to worry about the debris that could get stuck in your dental appliance.
Veneers can fix discolored or misshapen teeth by masking them or placing a thin shell on top of the affected teeth. But this cosmetic treatment will not be able to correct teeth alignment.
If you’re looking to straighten your teeth, Invisalign® may be the better option.
The plastic material is designed for comfort to encourage wearers to use it regularly. There are no metal wires that break, move out of position, or poke your cheeks.
Although there may be an adjustment period the first time you use your aligners, you will eventually get used to it and you will not experience the same discomfort associated with metal braces.
The first step is an assessment to see if your orthodontic issues are best corrected by Invisalign®. If the treatment is suitable for you, your dentist or orthodontist will devise a treatment plan and create the aligners for you.
Digital images of your entire jaw will be taken using 3D technology. Your dentist will be able to analyze your jaw from different angles and see the changes it will make in the following years. The Invisalign® trays are created to fit your mouth at every stage of your treatment.
The total number of aligners can vary from 20-29 and the duration of the treatment can also vary depending on the patient’s specific case and level of commitment.
You need to wear your aligners throughout the day, except when eating or cleaning your mouth, to ensure its effectiveness. By following your dentist’s instructions, you’ll see progress between each of your appointments. If you would like to learn more about Invisalign® or schedule an initial consultation with one of our dentists, call us at (403) 723‑2273. Let’s help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
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